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Finding Book Reviews  

How to find reviews of novels, nonfiction books, etc.
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Best bets for Reviews of Recently Published Books

  • Find It!
    To focus on book reviews, use the Limits on the left-hand side of the screen. Choose Subject, then books--reviews.
  • LexisNexis Academic
    Use the "search the news" box and type in the author's name and the book title. If searching for a regional author, choose Newspapers in the dropdown box.
  • Literary Reference Center  
      
    Search for the title or author, then choose the Reviews tab at the top of the screen.
  • Literature Resource Center  
      
    Search for the author or book title, then choose the Reviews & News tab.
  • Book Review Digest Retrospective
    Excerpts of book reviews published between 1908 to 1982.
  • Project Muse
    Good place for reviews of scholarly books.
 

Other Helpful Resources

Still not finding a review of a specific work?  These gold standards in the Library's Reference section will help:

Book Review Index (1965-present)

To find a review, choose the appropriate part of the set based on the book's publication date, then look under the author's name. 
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Book Review Digest

Identifies reviews that appeared in magazines, journals, and newspapers.  Annual volumes list reviews under the author's name.  Each entry includes a summary of the book's contents, excerpts from some reviews and citations for complete reviews. There is a title index in the back of each volume. (NOTE:  Be sure to check the year of publication as well as the next two years for late-appearing reviews.) 
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Combined Retrospective Index to Book Reviews in Scholarly Journals (1886-1974)
This set lists book reviews that appeared in scholarly journals in the social sciences between 1886 and 1974.  Volumes 1-12 list authors alphabetically, with book titles and review citations following the author's name.  Volumes 13-15 form a title index.
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Similar resources:

Combined Retrospective Index to Book Reviews in Humanities Journals (1802-1974)
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An Index to Book Reviews in the Humanities (1960-1990)
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Nineteenth Century Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature (1890-1899)
Look under the author's name.
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Index to Book Reviews in the Humanities (1960-1990)
Look under the author's name.
REF/INDEX SHELVES

For book reviews of books (both scholarly and popular) published before 1990

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